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Marathon : 2012 Army 10 Miler

2012 Army 10 Miler
Sunday the 21st of October marked the 28th annual running of the Army 10 Miler in Washington DC. The event is the US Army’s flagship race and weaves through the nation’s capitol starting and finishing at the Pentagon. Over 30,000 runners competed in this year’s race representing all units in the Army, countless wounded warriors, as well as the Corps of Cadets represented by the West Point Marathon Team. 

The Marathoners were led by the firstie Colin Chapman who finished in a blazing 58:05 earning him 142nd place overall and 24th. Following closely behind was the cow Adam Irons (58:10, 146th) and firsties Johannes Olind (58:49, 166th) and Nathaniel Einfeldt (1:00:31, 263rd). Bringing up the rear for the men were yearlings David Richardson (1:03:04, 416th) and Austin Semmel (1:03:23, 449th). The men’s team finished in 24th place overall and 11th in the Commander’s Cup division with a combined time of 3:55:33 for its top for runners.

On the women’s side the Marathoners were led by the cow Mackenzie Vaughn in 1:11:48 taking 1559th place overall and 185th in the women’s age category. Following closely was the plebe Mackenzie Riford (1:13:33, 1905th O’All & 232 Woman) who took 2nd place in the Women’s 19 & Under division and was followed closely by her classmate Tiffany Matthews (1:24:13, 5329th). With only three women entered the Lady Marathoners could not enter a team.

Before the race the team visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to all those generations of American soldiers known and unknown who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. After the race the team met with a number of high ranking officers including the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Austin, the USMA Superintendent, LTG Huntoon, as well as former and future Commandants of Cadets, including MGs Linnington and Rapp as well as BG Clarke.

A special thanks is in order to the Washington DC Parents club for hosting cadets in the HOOAH Tent Zone before and after the race as well as lodging cadets over the weekend to including: Mrs. Marion Rieley, the Silvesters, COL Fish & family, the Stetekluhs, Lisa Camacho, the Days, the Fletchers, Robert F. Davis, the Matthews, John Rowold, the McAteers, and Ms. Shauna Brock. Also the team was very grateful after the race to the FT Myer MWR for access to the gym to shower after the race.

by Johannes K. Olind (USMA ’13)